Notre Dame Could Make Quick Leap To ACC
Notre Dame could be a member of the ACC as soon as July.
The school last fall announced its intention to leave the Big East and join the ACC in all sports but football and hockey. It was expected that the move would take place in the summer of 2014. However, with the impending departure of the Catholic 7 basketball schools, Notre Dame officials accelerated their plans.
The ACC cleared the way and is ready to accept Notre Dame this summer, should the Fighting Irish be able to negotiation an exit fee with the Big East, according to ESPN.
Had Notre Dame stayed in the Big East for 27 months after notifying the conference last September, it could depart without an exit fee. Instead, it, like the Catholic 7, is negotiating for an early departure.
The Catholic 7 basketball schools — DePaul, Georgetown, Marquette, Providence, St. John's, Seton Hall and Villanova — are expected to announce any day now they have come to a financial settlement to divorce the Big East football schools and create a basketball-centric league. Reportedly, the cost will be $100 million but the basketball schools would keep the Big East brand name and assume the contract to play the conference tournament at Madison Square Garden.